“The Imperial March,” also known as Darth Vader’s Theme, was composed by John Williams for The Empire Strikes Back, and it premiered on April 29, 1980, three weeks before the opening of the film. Today, it’s still one of the best known symphonic movie themes, and over the years, fans have found unique ways to play this iconic tune, including with a toaster. That’s right, an engineer who runs the Device Orchestra channel managed to do just that, with the help of electric toothbrushes and a typewriter. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Yasuhiro Suzuki
Artist Yasuhiro Suzuki from Japan created what could best be described as a giant zipper-shaped ship, called the “Zip-Fastener Ship”. It boasts a chrome body, bridge and puller that make up the three parts of an actual zipper. He got the inspiration for this project when looking down at Tokyo Bay from an airplane and seeing a ship making its way across the Sumida River, unzipping the water as you could say. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Clocky is perfect for accidentally oversleeping when daylight saving time ends in the United States, Canada and Mexico’s northern border cities on Sunday, November 1. It functions as a normal alarm clock, but moves on its own power when the snooze button is pressed a second time, rolling away from wherever you placed the device. There’s a built-in microprocessor that randomizes its speed in unpredictable directions, and around obstacles, using a different route each time, so you’ll be forced to hop out of bed to turn it off. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
At first glance, this appears to be a giant cheese wedge that a supermarket would use for advertising a product, but in reality, it may be the world’s first and only jet-powered cheese wedge. In addition to the afterburner, there’s a 6 horsepower gas engine to get you around town or just to a gas station. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the “Cheese-N-Ator” will set you back $16,000 USD should you want to park it in your garage. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Jane Dodd renewed her driver’s license online, but what she received was completely unexpected. The digital renewal was to solely avoid a trip to the DMV, which can be a tedious process to say the least, but in the end, she received something worthy of an internet meme. How so? On her new license, a photo of an empty chair replaced the one that should have shown her face. Read more for the news segment and additional information.
Octopuses are known to camouflage themselves when hunting and to avoid predators, but when it spotted a GoPro action camera recording, this creature had other plans. While it takes specialized skin cells that change the appearance of the skin by adjusting its color, opacity, or reflectivity, to camouflage itself, grabbing onto this gadget only took its tentacles. Read more for the video and additional information.
“Never Gonna Give You Up,” a song recorded by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley, was first released on July 27, 1987, but thanks to the internet, it’s been a popular meme for the past 12-years. For those who don’t know, this song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the UK, and eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States. Read more to see what happens when an AI-powered neural network attempts to continuously generate new parts for this song.
A woman from Dubai knew that there are countless knockoff AirPods being sold online, but the last thing she expected was to receive a giant Bluetooth speaker shaped like Apple’s earphones. For the record, she paid $62 USD for a pair of these speakers, and some users on social media have compared the fake AirPods to a hairdryer. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
On PBS’s Spy in the Wild 2 – Episode Two: The North, a spy camera disguised as a macaque join a group of primates in the Jigokudani Monkey Park. These monkeys begin most days with a relaxing dip in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in Japan’s Nagano prefecture.This primate-only onsen is world-famous as the preferred simian hot spring. Read more for a video and additional information.
What started out as an outdoor workout session recording turned into a foxy adventure, literally. Mikayla Raines, founder of SaveAFox Rescue, which is a Fairbault, Minnesota-based center that re-homes foxes while educating people about the fur trade, placed her smartphone on the ground, but before she knew it, a fox came along. Read more for a video showing what happens next.